A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the Trump Administration to restore the press pass of Brian Karem, Playboy's Senior White House reporter.
"Karem has shown that even the temporary suspension of his pass inflicts irreparable harm on his First Amendment rights," U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras wrote in his opinion.
Federal judge has granted @BrianKarem's request for the White House to restore his hard pass, issuing temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. The @WHCA stood up for press access. Proud to be a footnote in First Amendment history. pic.twitter.com/2rufDq0oGs— Todd J. Gillman (@toddgillman) September 3, 2019
Breaking: Just received word from D.C. District Court that our TRO has been granted and the WH must restore my press pass immediately. @realDonaldTrump— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) September 3, 2019
Thank you to @BoutrousTed and his fantastic team. Free Speech and Due process win!— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) September 3, 2019
The Trump administration has suffered the second defeat in the attempt to revoke press passes. A judge previously forced the White House to return Jim Acosta's pass after CNN sued.
The decision to revoke Karem's hard pass began at the beginning of August when Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham informed the Playboy reporter that a "preliminary decision" had been made in regards to his press access. The decision came after Karem got into a verbal altercation with Sebastian Gorka in the Rose Garden.
At the time, Karem was upset because President Donald Trump wasn't taking questions during a presser following his social media summit. He made a remark about those people being “prone to demonic possession.” That's when Gorka became upset.